Dave Richardson, CEO of ICC has implemented changes in ODIs and T20Is to make it an even contest between bat and ball © Getty Images
Dave Richardson, CEO of ICC has implemented changes in ODIs and T20Is to make it an even contest between bat and ball © Getty Images

The International Cricket Council (ICC) recently introduced some new changes in the shortest format of the game—OneDay Internationals (ODI) and T20I. The new rules came into effect from July 5 in the first T20I between South Africa and Bangladesh at Mirpur. While some may still be confused about the changes, here are some common questions that pops up in every cricket lover’s minds:

Q. Are there any changes in the powerplays?

A. Yes. Earlier the batting team could take a batting powerplay anytime within the 40th over. Now, the concept has been scrapped and there will be no batting powerplay from hereon.

 

Q. How many powerplays will be there in an ODI? How many fielders will be allowed outside the 30-yard circle during powerplays?

A. An ODI game will consist of three powerplays.

Powerplay 1 will be from Overs 1-10, where not more than 2 fielders are allowed outside the 30-yard circle.

Poweplay 2 will be from overs 11-40, where not more than 4 fielders are allowed outside the 30-yard circle.

Powerplay 3 ill be from Overs 41-50, where not more than 5 fielders will be allowed outside the 30-yard circle.

 

Q. Are there any changes in the free-hit rules?

A. Yes. Earlier, the umpires would reward the batting team with a free-hit only if the bowler overstepped. The new rules state that any mode of no-ball must be called a free-hit. It can even be a waist high no-ball.

 

Q. Does the new free-hit rule apply to T20Is as well? Will it apply even in Tests?

A. The new free-hit rules apply only in T20Is, not for Tests.